If pirates were common on Coreillia, moreso than most worlds -- than Yuroic wasn't wrong on that front. He found it funny as well that the representative took offense to the remark when just before they were accusing them of being poor, negligent defenders of their worlds. But Josh didn't say anything on that front. He continued to listen as the representative fired back at Yuroic and then addressed his own point.
And then came the show of what they wanted.
He understood now. He understood completely why they were here. An amused smile hid just how disappointed he was. An alliance would be beneficial, certainly, but they didn't know much about the CC, and they weren't exactly known for their prowess in a capacity that would benefit the Silver Jedi Order's quest of defense all that much. And to him, it seemed less like they actually cared about defending those worlds... And more like they sought to take advantage of the pirates attacking those worlds for their own gain.
And then the smile faded as his expression took that of his disposition -- all business.
"I have a question. Or well, a few questions. If those in this room will oblige my curiosity" He brought up, before looking to the Jedi Coren Starchaser and Kian Karr at that moment. Two Jedi he very much respected. "You two support this, yes? My question is... If this pirate thing was this important to them, I know that for sure with you two at the front lines... This pirate issue would not have reached the point that we would be having this meeting, or for this... Offer, to be given. Am I correct, or am I mistaken? You two are wholly capable of leading a force, should the CC have the power to take these pirates down, and taking them out. I know you are, you two are amongst some of this galaxy's best."
His expression turned quizzical. "So if I'm correct on that juncture... Why -are- we having this meeting?"
He turned then to his associates on the Silver Assembly.
"Next question. If this was such a huge thing, when did this start? Why didn't the Nubian government go to us before going to the CC-Excuse my use of acronyms, but I'm going to be here all day if I use the whole names every time-and why weren't we already on this? Did any of you know about this? We are long established as Nubia's defenders should they need us, and they know this. If they don't, then perhaps a diplomatic mission might be something for the pipe. If they don't trust us, then it would be good to find out why and make amends."
He then turned to Lisza Starseeker and her assembly.
"So to review. There are pirates attacking the planets, which we just found out about, and you want us to pull our defences out and void our agreements with the planet's government in favour of your own so that you might rout the pirates and ply your trade there. In exchange for potential aid against threats. That is your reason for being here, yes?" He asked. "While I will give opportunity to my colleagues to give an opinion before we make a real decision... In my view, If you care about the planet's defense as much as you say... Then help us with routing these pirates instead of standing idly by. We are wholly willing to deal with them now that we know of their existence. But the quicker it's done, the sooner the planets may return to prosperity and you seem to be of the mind that you want it done quickly."
Seem was the keyword here.
"As far as talks of alliance for dealing with threats outside of your pirates... If you wish to aid us, that is your prerogative. Threats such as the Mandalorian Empire and The Sith Empire will be at your door eventually regardless of whether you act or not. But I see no benefit to the planets that we defend to weaken their defences in order to potentially strengthen our front line. Especially when said replacement defense has not acted until now, when the situation benefits them and their trade. If you want to defend the planets... Defend the planets with us if you actually care about them. We have a large network of defense, as I said now that we know of the pirates' existence... We are wholly willing to put a stop to them.
My final question is... If we refuse your offer, are you intending to just leave those planets to the pirates, despite the apparent massive threat they are to those worlds that you claim to care about?"
Josh was generally a very lighthearted man. He was, effectively, the longstanding humour bringer, mood lightener and jokester of the Silver Assembly. But when something like this comes along, his disposition betrayed just how long he had been in this game and how old of a hand he really was. And how unwilling he was to let egos or desires get in the way of the people's safety. That was the upmost important thing here, and that was what Josh would stubbornly stick to focusing on no matter what was put in front of them. He had spent his entire life fighting for that security for these people across the galaxy. He had made sacrifices, and the walking stick that was his only means of real movement right now was a symbol of that sacrifice. And he would not hear anything except what most benefited the things that sacrifice had been for.
SJO: Yuroic Xeraic - Veiere Arenais - Aida Aquila
CC: Lisza Starseeker - Coren Starchaser - Kian Karr - Straid Priest - Romi Jade - Aeneis Valdemar
Edited by Josh Dragonsflame, 31 August 2019 - 11:57 AM.